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Negotiation & Relationships

Often we initiate a negotiation with personal pleasantries and then abruptly switch into negotiation mode. Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about what can be gained from thinking of your negotiation as a part of your relationship.

Negotiating Better

Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, provides some simple techniques to help you improve your negotiation skills.

To Be (a charity) or Not To Be, That is the $40 Billion Question

Editor’s Note: With “Comments We Can’t Ignore,” we addressed the need to more effectively demonstrate the…

Evaluating to Increase Impact

The story that I share today is about how one organization followed their curiosity and learned not only from the evaluation data but from the process itself.

A Community Organizing Approach to Placemaking

When a multi-year infrastructure project threatened to disrupt businesses and cut off neighborhoods along a six-mile stretch of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, the team at Springboard for the Arts saw a transformational opportunity. Their response was Irrigate, a creative placemaking initiative that mobilizes local artists to collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to “change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.”

Leading Change Without Crisis

How to build organizational intuition through a process of discovery and debate around an organization’s purpose and by refocusing attention outside rather than inside the organization

Online Learning Curve

A look at the Loft Literary Center’s in-depth analysis of how online classes would fit into the organization’s vision

Emerging Leaders and Board Membership: Finding the Right Fit

Fielding Grasty, NAS Director of Programs, shares some tips and advice for emerging leaders interested in gaining governance experience.

How do you re-engineer a cultural institution with a long history and numerous stakeholders?

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. & Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, talks about how incremental changes over time have built a sustainable and vibrant path for the Portland Art Museum.

How should organizations approach teamwork?

Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Ford School of Public Policy, suggests that leaders and their organizations take a more mindful approach to building and supporting teams.

What is the key element of relationship-building?

Surry Scheerer, executive coach and lecturer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, talks about the importance of listening.

How does your approach to partnerships reflect your organization’s culture?

Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that framing partnerships as opportunities can be a powerful force in an organization.

What does your experience with building community relationships teach about healthy partnerships?

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS, talks about his approach to partnerships.

Partnerships: From Good to Great

One of the most important responsibilities for any nonprofit is to understand how you can best leverage organizational assets to serve your mission and your constituents. But often, our assets alone aren’t plentiful enough to let us deliver on our mission with the level of impact we’d like.

Stories from the Field: Measuring Impact

Over the past three or four years that I’ve worked in the US cultural sector,…

What is the role of the publisher in the digital age?

Chris Fischbach, Publisher of Coffeehouse Press, talks about the value that publishers add, the misconception of the “cultural gatekeeper” and how his organization chooses what gets published.

How do cultural institutions break down internal silos?

Ken Neufeld, former president of Victoria Theatre Association, talks about that organization’s experience in cross-departmental collaboration.

What does “sustainability” mean in the arts and culture field?

Scholar, lecturer and teacher, Diane Ragsdale, asks some important questions about sustainability in the arts – what it means for organizations and for the field.

How can cultural organizations work with their communities rather than for their communities?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia, discusses how widening your definitions can broaden your understanding of community.

What is the place of cultural institutions within their communities?

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, suggests that to be truly relevant an organization must be “in, of, for and about” its community.

What is the role of arts organizations in society?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, stresses the importance of art as a connector and being true to your mission.

How do cultural institutions balance being global and local?

Mikel Ellcessor, former general manager of WDET, Detroit, warns that social media can give us a false sense of connection. He also gives a suggestion for how to make meaningful connections in one’s community.

What can science tell us about the art experience?

Dr. Gary Vikan, former Director of The Walters Art Museum, discusses how neuroscience, evolutionary biology and the cave paintings in Lascaux might point to the fact that aesthetics is “hard-wired into our heads.”

What is the role of an arts and culture leader in today’s society?

Mulenga Kapwepwe, Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zambia and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty, suggests that arts leaders are best equipped to shape the future.

How do we communicate the instrumental and intrinsic values of the arts?

Dr. Gary Vikan, former Director of The Walters Art Museum, talks about the dangers of using economic impact as argument for the arts, the importance of articulating the intrinsic nature of the art experience and how neuroscience might unlock the mystery of that experience.

What are the arguments for the arts that resonate with contemporary society?

Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the Sydney Theatre Company, talks about the need to talk about the arts in terms of its benefits rather than its features.

Inciting a Free for All: Empowering staff, breaking down silos and changing a culture

Matías Tarnopolsky, Director of Cal Performances, arrived at a time when the organization faced substantial internal and external challenges. His response was to created the Fall Free for All – an open house of free music, dance and theater performances – that gave staff a chance to work together on a large-scale project and reconnect with the community in a meaningful way.

What role should the arts play in civil society?

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blog posts from Fellows and panelists…

What value does the arts create and how do we articulate it?

Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, talks about the interaction between the sacred and public spaces and how that tension creates value.

Just be valuable.

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What are some lessons from your experiences leading change?

During his tenure as Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Charles Desmarais led the organization through the design, construction and relocation to a new facility designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Desmarais reflects on the lessons from that period of radical change.

Is crisis necessary for change?

  Sometimes, but it’s risky. By Gail Crider Crisis generally means loss of strategic perspective,…

Becoming an Equal Partner in Community Development

Deborah Cullinan, former Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, shares the experience of becoming part of the 5M Project.

How does a leader effect change?

Mary Lou Aleskie, Director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, talks about the importance of balancing data and passion.

What effect does an organization’s dominant logic have on programming?

Peggy Sloan, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, talks about the challenge and importance of questioning your assumptions.

Is social media changing your model, maybe?

Summer’s winding down, and I’m sure most of you have heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call…

How does an organization manage the succession of its founder?

Andrew Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, stresses the importance of establishing strong communication with the board and with the community.

As a new museum director, what are your main goals and priorities?

Eric Shiner, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, talks about the importance of a realistic, pragmatic approach to change.

How do you effect change in your community?

Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Native American Public Telecommunications, talks about the importance of big goals.

How do multiple programs function as tools in service of one mission?

Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director at Arabella Advisors, discusses how viewing programs as tools allows her organization to focus on outcomes.

How does an organization establish a clear identity while serving multiple communities?

Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director at Arabella Advisor, talks about the challenges of serving diverse communities.

What do the international protest movements mean for cultural institutions?

Basma El Husseiny, managing director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) in Egypt, suggests that the protests movements at their core have been about dissatisfaction with current institutions and wonders what that means for arts and culture institutions.

What should a leader consider when approaching change?

Jana La Sorte, Founder & Creative Director of Ambassadora, discusses the importance of being upfront an open about what the change will mean for the organization.

How should cultural institutions approach change?

Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, discusses the importance of thinking about oneself as a social entrepreneur rather than an arts administrator.

How should cultural institutions approach visitor engagement?

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, talks about how her organization invites people to engage.

How do cultural institutions invite interaction in a way that protects exhibitions?

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, discusses how the museum cultivates a balance between increased participation and stewardship.

How do you connect a local community to a global event?

The London Olympics present enormous opportunities – as well as some challenges – for local youths. Steve Moffitt, CEO of A New Direction in London, describes how he and his team have worked to localize and truly global event.

Local Faces: D.C.’s Local and National Art Scene

A panel conversation exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that local arts organizations and artists face when sharing a city with national museums.

How is social media changing your definition of community?

Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, discusses his connection to the San Francisco Ballet despite never having seen them in person.